“ Turning any surface into a blackboard, it is both quick drying, long lasting and easy to apply. Can be used in a number of different ways. „
A few weeks ago I needed to buy blackboard paint because the blackboard surface of my dartboard cabinet was wearing thin (it's had a lot of use).
Wicks didn't have any so I went to nearby Homebase and bought Rust-oleum blackboard paint which cost over 13 pounds.
Having plenty of DIY experience I sanded down the surface before giving the 1st coat. I left it to dry thoroughly for one day (even though it was quickly touch dry) before re-coating it.
The following day hubby and I played darts. The chalk wouldn't write properly.
One week and many processes later the chalk still wouldn't write properly. After watching an episode of "How it's made"on TV which coincidentally featured blackboards, I deduced that the manufacturers hadn't added enough of that white powdery stuff to give it a good writing surface.
Today I bought a little can of Wilko blackboard paint.
After sanding down the surface I painted it but after a few hours I couldn't resist writing something in chalk.
Oh my goodness!
It works! It really, really works!
I'm so relieved. Naturally I'll give it a second coat tomorrow (Friday) in preparation for hubby and my darts match on Saturday but I'm just so glad that we're not going to have any problems scoring.
The Wilko blackboard paint might be cheap but it's exactly what's needed.
Puh! Why didn't I go to Wilkinsons first? I could have saved myself over 13 quid.
My little seven year old son, is totally obsessed with drawing and crafts. I don't just mean he likes it a bit, he totally loves it. He has a quite a few special needs and learning difficulties but drawing is something he is very good at and he would draw all day and night if I let him. Anyway it was getting to the stage of me buying a ream of paper every week to feed his habit, I was telling a friend when she suggested we buy him a black board. It sounds silly but I had never even thought about it before, We had a white board in the past but after a few weeks it was all grubby and he can't / won't draw on something with even a speck or tiny mark on it, it has to be a totally clean sheet. So it ended up in the bin.
So my hunt for a black board begun, who would believe it would be so hard to find a blackboard ? I could find massive school sized ones or the ones that stand up from early learning centre, but with limited space I just wanted one that could fit in the cupboard, and it appears they do not exist. So about to give up another clever friend suggested I make one using blackboard paint, and that is what I did. Here is what I thought of the paint.
I had originally intended to paint a piece of wood, but had a better idea of painting the inside of my cupboard under the stairs, which is where he plays. Not in the cupboard like Harry Potter but next to it :-).
The paint doesn't have the usual 'paint' smell. It does still smell but not overly powerful like most gloss paints do. This was a major benefit to me as paint fumes make me feel quite queasy.
I was imagining the paint to be very thick and gloopy but it wasn't at all, in fact if anything it was a little too thin. I would say it was thinner than an average gloss paint. I needed to be careful as It kept dripping off the brush. Although I am quite 'bull in a china shop' anyway so a 'normal' person would probably be fine with it.
As I was painting it looked really glossy and I thought it would be far too shiny for a black board, but within minutes it was dry and was totally Matt with no sheen or shine at all. It was a gorgeous deep jet black too.
I was so surprised at how quickly it dried, within about fifteen minutes my door was totally dry. The tin says touch dry in 30 mins. Which is still very quick in my opinion.
So with the new black board ready to use, I set my chappie free with a tub of coloured chalks, he loved it. He loved the drawing and he loved the wiping off part too, being a bit of a perfectionist if he made a mnistake he could just brush it off. My 12 year old daughter loved it too, so I painted the side of her book case for her. I also made a little notice board for the kitchen. This was in August and all three blackboards are going strong. The colour is still Jet black, it hasn't faded at all. My son uses his every day and it is still as good as new, the chalk can just wiped away, and it's good to go again.
Wilkos Blackboard paint comes in two sizes a 500ml tin for £5.97 or a 250 ml size for £3.57. As there wasn't much difference in price so I got the bigger tin. Which was good because I got a bit addicted to painting blackboards. he 500ml was just enough to pain my cupboard door, a side of a small bookcase and a A4 noticeboard.
I think it is terrific value for money and it has saved me loads in paper costs, I am down to about a ream a month now.
One of the thinks that keep popping up all over the craft scene at the moment is the usage of blackbord paint. It's great stuff. you simply paint on a coat or two and instantly you have a blackboard to play with. It looks really antique with some chalk dust residue and, with the introduction of liquid chalk pens too, it's no wonder the popularity is surging. However it's so expensive to buy from most hardware shops. But thankfully Wilko are a little more reasonable.
This paint comes in two sizes, one for small craft size tin for projects and one in the more usual sized small paint tin. It's also priced for the crafter not the school caretaker who would only use it once a year. It goes on smoothly, and paints just like an acrylic or matt wall paint. I'd recommend a couple of coats and making sure the surface is clean and has a bit of grip to it. I've used it on wood, card, paper, funkyfoam, glass and porcelain. It's worth testing a surface first as very smooth surfaces can allow the paint to crack off and very bumpy ones will take a lot of coats to make a smooth writing surface. It does need a good dry but it's touchable to move in about half an hour.
If you want to make the popular chalkboards on cups or glasses then be careful with the masking. you can end up with a ridge edge. if you are adding any other decoration, i'd reccomend it does above. The paint goes on much smoother and leaves a nicer finish that the more expensive spray blackboard paints you can buy too.
I had seen this type of paint and found it hard to source cheaply and then found it on the Wilko's site! This is indeed exactly what it says on the tin - blackboard paint! I wanted to paint the inside of a cupboard door in my study so that I had a noticeboard but so that it was hidden. This paint, as I have said comes from Wilko's and costs around £4.99 for a 500ml tin. This is reasonable compared to other places - including eBay. You can order it from the website for delivery to your nearest store for free which is also good.
The tin is exactly what you would expect from a paint tin - it is metal and holds paint! A 500ml tin is about the height of a coke can and about as wide as 2 coke cans next to each other.
The paint goes on very well, I used a sponger roller to cover the door, and it worked very well, very nice and even. I didn't use an undercoat or primer so needed 2 coats as a minimum - but ended up giving it 6 coats to make sure it was nice and thick as the door was quite heavily woodgrained. If you used a flat surface, I'm positive 2 coats would suffice.
The paint dried as it says on the tin - in 30mins or less - and it really did dry fast and you can see when it has dried which is really handy.
Once dry, I ran a finger over the paint and it left a smear mark which would be annoying if it was going to be used on a wall (Which it can be and which I have seen on The Home Show on Ch4). It can be used on metal or wood or any surface really - Nothing in my house is going to be safe with this stuff around as I really like the matt effect and I just heart chalk boards!
The chalk wipes of easily with a board duster/dry cloth no problem.
Giving the door 6 coats I used about a tenth of the tin - so there is PLENTY of paint in 500ml. Watch out plant pots!
Definitely something different to try! Very useful for making chalk boards for kids or for projjects for brownies I would say too!
Suitable for exterior or interior use. Touch dry in 30 minutes approximately.